Todd The Axeman - Citra & Mosaic
Surly Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #628
Ranked #7,066
4.22 | pDev: 9.48%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 27
Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours slightly hazy orange golden. Sudsy white lacing for a head.

Aroma is of biscuit, honey, citrus zest and piney hops.

Flavor is of biscuit, honey, cereal, and piney and citrusy hops.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A solid DIPA styled from the pre-NEIPA days. Rich malts and piney hops are both tasty and easy drinking. Would drink this again.

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Photo of ericstin
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure I understand the hype behind this one. But it's a solid beer no doubt. Absolutely no smell and looks like a sam adams in the glass. It has a bit of a personality conflict as it's not sure whether it's east coat or west coast. Flavor is definitely complex and the hops are great. Perfectly balanced as far as malt and hops is concerned. But back to the hype issue. Seems like a high quality edition of Founders Centennial - which is a buck a beer. Nonetheless, glad I tried. Thanks Dave.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can - poured into a squat pint at 44F

Pours a Beautiful deep honey golden colour, slight haze, with a thin finger of whitw head that quickly recedes to a film and collar, leaving minimal lacing.

Nose: Absolutely spectacular malt. A light blond toast, lightly bready, with notes of honey and faint caramel. A prominent sweet Southern black tea aroma rises from the elixir. Hop expressions of tangerine, melon, white grape, wildflower honey, bergamot, pine sap, lychee, mixed berries, fresh cut grass, grapefruit oil, pineapple, and a green herbaceous note all waft up and form an elegant bouquet of hop aromas, one of which I'm sure is Mosaic. The truly superb malt really showcases this beers complexity on the nose.

Palate: A rich malty sweetness, Manuka honey-lathered fresh toast, scones, pie crust- all lay the foundation for this beer. Deliciously and delicately sweet, but not syrupy or cloying. Atop this beautifully golden toasted, and gently sweet base is an explosion of Citra and Mosaic hop flavours. Very much akin to the nose, the palate is greeted with ripe melons, tangerine, white grape, kumquat, lemon rind, orange rind, grapefruit pith, fresh pine resin, magnolia, lychee, pear, papaya, nectarine/apricot, plum, strawberry-rhubarb, oversteeped black tea, green tea, lilac, bergamot, freah grass, and heaps of spring floral notes. There's some fruity element that escapes me. It's ever-evolving over the palate, and displays remarkable complexity for an IPA. Just baskets of fruit, and bouquets of flowers, all eventually leading to a beautiful, pithy, resinous, firmly bitter finish, that lingers considerably with citrus pith, pine sap, and all the floral notes.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium to full bodied. It has an element of crispness to it, but it certainly packs some weight, between the malt and the sticky hops. This isn't one I would sit down and drink several. This is a nice one to sort of set the tone with. A light stickiness is left coating the lips, and some hop oils coat the palate as well. Effervescence is fine in nature, and plentiful for the ABV, giving the body a little bit of lift.

Overall: This is a tremendous IPA. Truly spectacular. It isn't a New England IPA at all. It isn't an old school IPA at all. THIS is the direction I would like to see more IPAs head. Unique, high quality, exquisite malt platforms, with beautiful hops that express a panoply of floral, fruity, and herbal notes, whilst retaining the true bitter characteristic of using them in-boil. Fruity, floral, piney, resinous, sticky, sweet, and bitter. Most importantly, it's so incredibly balanced, that it feels like art. This is a wonderful example of what good malt and hops are capable of, and I think it really brings out the best of the India Pale Ale style.

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Todd The Axeman - Citra & Mosaic from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 27 ratings